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5 Exciting Ways to Experience Okanagan Wine Tours

July 21, 2016

Kelowna Wine

Looking to book a couple of Okanagan wine tours? We’ve put together a list of five different ways you can discover them.

Did you know that the Okanagan is home to more than 120 wineries and 200 vineyards spread across 2,400 hectares? Now you do. Welcome to wine country! With more than 60 grape varieties grown in the Okanagan, the only way to try them all in a short amount of time is to book several guided Okanagan wine tours. If you’re staying at a hotel in Kelowna, try one (or all) of these five exciting ways to experience what the Okanagan has become famous for.   


1. By Bus

One of the more common ways to tour around the Okanagan countryside is by bus or full-size van. Although cheaper than other transit methods, a lot of people prefer to tour wineries this way. Touring with a large party can be more fun, and it’s also the perfect opportunity to meet new people. Looking for activities to do for a stag, stagette, or large party? This is definitely the way to go.

These companies have mastered the art of catering to large groups:


2. By Boat

Nestled between the 2,400 hectares of vineyards is Okanagan Lake. Another exciting way to tour lakeside vineyards is to hop on a guided boat tour. Spend the afternoon touring some of the best wineries then sit back, relax and enjoy the sun while taking in more sights while cruising along the shore.

These companies will work hard to make sure your tour-by-boat is one for the books:


3. By Helicopter

Fly high above the valley while admiring the stunning landscape responsible for producing high-end varietals local to the Okanagan. This one-of-a-kind experience is the perfect way to combine sightseeing with wine tasting. Pick from a list of participating wineries and show up, ready to taste, like a boss.

Valhalla Helicopters promises to make your heli-wine tour better than the rest.


4. By Bike

If you’re looking for a tour that combines your passion for the outdoors with wine tasting, you need to book guided Okanagan wine tours by bicycle. These outdoorsy tours will give you the perfect opportunity to sightsee, exercise and enjoy great food pairings, and even better wine.

Monashee Adventure Tours is one of the leading companies in wine trail cycle tours.  


5. By Private Driver

Turn your winery tour into the perfect couples retreat by hiring a private driver. Take your pick from a fleet of pristine vintage cars, luxurious limousines, or even your own vehicle. You and your sweetheart can cruise the wine trails soaking up each other’s company while a capable driver does all the driving for you.

If you’ve got plans to woo your better half with a private wine tour, check out some of these let-us-do-it-for-you companies:


If you’re still debating between following the wine trail on your own or booking a guided Okanagan wine tour, our previous post might help you make up your mind: 5 Reasons Why Okanagan Wine Tours are Better than Going Solo.


When looking for a hotel Kelowna visitors love that’s centrally located to some of the best wineries in the Okanagan, consider the Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites. We offer packages for Okanagan wine tours, complimentary airport shuttles, a wellness spa, and a heated indoor mineral pool. Call us today to reserve your room: 1-888-860-1212.

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